The Role of U.S. Technology Companies as Enforcers of Europe's New Internet Hate Speech Ban

14 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2016 Last revised: 1 Feb 2017

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Evelyn Aswad

University of Oklahoma College of Law

Date Written: August 24, 2016

Abstract

The European Commission and various U.S. technology companies have recently adopted a Code of Conduct on hate speech to deal, among other things, with two crises facing Europe: intolerance of refugees and growing terror attacks. While the goals of helping refugees and preventing terrorism are laudable, often moments of crisis result in overreaching by governments. Civil society groups have criticized the Code as endangering freedom of expression. As the key enforcers of the Code, U.S. companies are in the middle of this debate. This Essay seeks to examine how they should handle requests to remove Internet content in light of contemporary business and human rights frameworks, which have been endorsed by the U.S. Government.

Keywords: Hate Speech, Business and Human Rights, Freedom of Expression, Free Speech

Suggested Citation

Aswad, Evelyn, The Role of U.S. Technology Companies as Enforcers of Europe's New Internet Hate Speech Ban (August 24, 2016). 1 Columbia Human Rights Law Review Online 1 (2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2829175 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2829175

Evelyn Aswad (Contact Author)

University of Oklahoma College of Law ( email )

307 W Brooks
Norman, OK 73019
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.ou.edu/content/aswad-evelyn

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